The twelve countries with the highest quality of life

| October 5, 2009 | 2 Replies

The twelve countries with the highest quality of life do not include the United States. We come in at number 13, which means that we”re not doing badly as a whole.  But we’re not doing as well as we should be doing, assuming (as many conservatives insist without reference to any metric) that there is no greater country than the United States.  We were beaten in the rankings by many “socialist” countries, such as Norway, Canada, Sweden and France.

The U.N.’s measurement system is the Human Development Index, a complex objective formula, not a subjective determination. Some of the many dozens of factors that go into the HDI include the following:

  • Adult illiteracy rate
  • Asylum seekers by country of asylum
  • Average annual change in consumer price index (%)
  • Children underweight for age (% under age 5)
  • Combined gross enrolment ratio in education (%)
  • Earned income (estimated), ratio of female to male
  • Female adult literacy rate (% aged 15 and above)
  • Female estimated earned income (PPP US$)
  • Female life expectancy at birth (years)
  • GDI rank
  • GDP per capita (PPP US$)
  • Government expenditure on health as a percentage of total government expenditure
  • Government expenditure on health per capita (PPP US$)
  • Healthy life expectancy at birth (years)
  • Human development index value
  • Human poverty index (HPI-1) rank

Consider, also, this recent news from the Commonwealth Fund:

Although the United States now spends $2.4 trillion a year on medical care — vastly more per capita than comparable countries — the nation ranks near the bottom on premature deaths caused by illnesses such as diabetes, epilepsy, stroke, influenza, ulcers and pneumonia

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Karl says:

    Muslim are taking over the nation of Sweden, slowly but surely.

    Many words merely describe what the reality of the situation seems to be. Just because a word isn't present on a page doesn't make its implication a non-reality.

    Enough people sure believe that evolution is written all over DNA but it is still only an inference by those who believe it.

    Look at what is happening to Sweden – that model modern socialist haven.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bpztti4DBEM.

    Looks like Sweden will not be Sweden in just a few more years.

    They do not know what to do with those who insist on tolerance but are themselves intolerant of others rights and opinions.

  2. Karl says:

    Look at what is happening to Sweden – the model modern socialist haven.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bpztti4DBEM.

    Looks like Sweden will not be Sweden in just a few more years.

    They do not know what to do with those who insist on tolerance but are themselves intolerant of others rights and opinions.

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